Hegemony, and value construction In Kazuo Ishiguro's The Remains Of The Day and Never Let Me Go : a Marxist reading

Yazgı, Cihan
This thesis analyses the hegemonic processes that are maintained by traditions, institutions and formations by discussing over the process of value construction the characters in Kazuo Ishiguro’s two novels are engaged in. A Marxist approach is used along the way and the discussions over the novels were taken as an opportunity of underlining the necessity of a Marxist approach towards art in order to make use of its propaedeutic value and extract the hegemonic substance the artwork inheres. This thesis seeks to use the propaedeutic value of Ishiguro’s novels to point out to the hegemony that is prevailing over our actual lives. It argues that the person always has to relate himself to a society, and hence that society and ‘the hegemonic’ forces operant on that society come to shape his values and judgements at the end. In the end, what this study finds are the traces of the hegemonic processes that are hidden behind the individualized experience of Ishiguro’s characters. Neither Stevens, nor Kathy can be underestimated to their individual choices. It is the hegemony, and the tradition and the institutions of that hegemony that construct their existence. Also, it is found out that it is again the hegemony that shapes the existence of Ishiguro’s value judgements and his works’ value schemes that are studied here.


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C. Yazgı, “Hegemony, and value construction In Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains Of The Day and Never Let Me Go : a Marxist reading,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2013.